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Study Says Barefoot Running may be Less Efficient

by Sheela Philomena on March 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM
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 Study Says Barefoot Running may be Less Efficient

Running barefoot has no physiological benefit in efficiency, shows study.

In fact, runners used 4 percent more energy per step when running barefoot, the Discovery News reported.

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"Running barefoot offers no metabolic advantage over running in lightweight, cushioned shoes," the researchers concluded in the study.

Earlier studies have suggested that running barefoot is easier as there is no added weight.

But that thinking does not take into consideration every variable, including the cushioning that shoes provide.
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If people are not wearing shoes, the researchers believe, their legs absorb more of the impact of running, causing them to work harder.

"What we found was that there seem to be adaptations that occur during the running stride that can make wearing shoes metabolically less costly," Jason R. Franz, who led the study, told The New York Times.

The "barefoot" runners in reality wore thin socks to maintain hygiene and safety, and the shod runners wore Nike Mayfly lightweight shoes.

"There is some evidence that shoe design characteristics other than mass may influence metabolic cost," the authors wrote.

"Thus, we selected this running shoe in particular because it has some cushioning but no other features such as medial posting/arch support or various other motion control elements," they added.

The study has been published in Medicine 'n' Science in Sports 'n' Exercise.

Source: ANI
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